Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Raheem Sterling will soon establish himself as one of the Premier League’s finest.
Gerrard applauded the attitude as much as the ability of the teenage winger, who made his first Merseyside derby appearance in the 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
“He will be one of the top players in the league, there’s no doubt about it. The way he stands up and wants the ball, he doesn’t hide,” Gerrard said.
“He’s a credit to himself. He’s got some bottle. That’s what you look for in young lads.”
Sterling missed a golden opportunity to put Liverpool in front just after the interval, but Gerrard said the youngster should not lose any sleep over the failed opportunity.
“There was the chance early in the second half when he was through on goal,” he said. “When he matures a little bit and gets that bit of composure into his game that will come. We have all been there.
“I thought Sterling was fantastic. At 17 years of age, playing away in a derby, in a cauldron and an atmosphere like that, he was outstanding.
“You wonder whether they have got the bottle to play away from home against top teams in tough situations. He handled it superbly and he has been a revelation for us.
“I don’t think the Everton players would have known much about Raheem Sterling before Sunday. But I think they will be seeing an awful lot of him in the future.
“He will be playing in many Merseyside derbies and he will have a major impact on them.”